Joint Statement: Hands off the Communist Party of Venezuela

The Political Bureau of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of Venezuela (PCV) denounced yesterday (Monday) that a new phase of the assault plan being advanced by the leadership of the Government of Nicolás Maduro to take the PCV by assault is underway.  “This new phase of the plan is aimed at holding a supposedly totally fraudulent congress of what they call PCV Patriotic, which is nothing more than a PCV controlled by the Government”, warned Pedro Eusse, member of the Political Bureau.

Press conference held by the Communist Party of Venezuela leadership against the assault plan advanced by the Government of Nicolás Maduro, Monday, May 22, 2023 (Photo: Tribuna Popular)

The leader detailed that this supposed congress will not be held with militants of the Communist Party of Venezuela “but with mercenaries hired by the leadership of the State, by Diosdado Cabello and other chiefs of the Government party”. “This is an infamous thing that is aimed, of course, at preventing the working class from counting on its Communist Party for the elections,” Eusse added. 

The spokesman of the Political Bureau of the PCV explained that in this new phase, the PSUV leadership is trying to hide its participation by trying to make the public opinion believe that “the supposed militants of that fictitious PCV are the ones who are moving towards a supposed Congress”.  The PCV reiterated that these maneuvers will not succeed in destroying the party which is “with absolute political and organic cohesion” after its 16th National Congress held in November 2022. 

“These ruses, these maneuvers are not going to prevent the PCV from continuing to fight the battle for National Liberation and Socialism; for social justice, against all the policies at the service of capital that are being developed in our country and, of course, confronting the forces at the service of imperialism”, affirmed Eusse. 

The PCV made a call to the communist parties of the world and to all the democratic, popular and anti-imperialist forces to broaden and strengthen the international solidarity with the Venezuelan communists. However, for many months now, communists all over the world have been following a slanderous and anti-communist campaign against the PCV launched by the leadership of the United Socialist Party of Venezuela (PSUV). All signs indicate that this process will escalate in the coming months.

“While the CP of Venezuela is participating in and promoting the struggles for the improvement of wages, the people’s income and the rights of working people in general, the Venezuelan government chooses the slippery slope of criminalizing struggles and persecuting communists. It cannot subjugate the CP of Venezuela and turn it into an instrument in the service of the anti-popular policy that has condemned the Venezuelan people to the escalating deterioration of their living conditions; thus, it aims to create a mockery of the Communist Party, comprised of mercenaries, PSUV members and government officials, so that it can then justify the attack and judicial intervention against the PCV”, said a joint statement published by dozens of Communist and Worker’s parties around the world.

The parties unequivocally “condemn and reject any attempt to prosecute and criminalize the CP of Venezuela as well as any judicial machination that may not recognize its elected leadership in the recent 16th Congress. We are well aware that the CP of Venezuela has many years of militant experience and unbreakable ties with the working class and the people and that it will not bow before blackmail and persecution.”

“We express our solidarity with the Venezuelan people who are the victims of both the imperialist sanctions and attacks and the anti-popular policies that are being implemented. We particularly express our solidarity with the Communist Party and the Communist Youth of Venezuela, with the workers’–people’s movement in Venezuela as a whole and its legitimate right to struggle to defend its demands and interests.”

Among the signatories to the declaration: Communist Party of Albania, Communist Party of Belgium, Communist Party of Bohemia & Moravia, German Communist Party, Communist Party of Greece, Tudeh Party of Iran, Iraqi Communist Party, Communist Party Kurdistan-Iraq, Workers Party of Ireland, Communist Party of Israel, Communist Party of Luxembourg, Communist Party of Malta, Communist Party of Mexico, New Communist Party of the Netherlands, Communist Party of Norway, Communist Party of Pakistan, Palestinian Communist Party, Palestinian Peoples Party, Paraguayan Communist Party, Communist of Serbia, Communist Party of Sweden, Syrian Communist Party, Communist Party of Turkey and Communist Party of Venezuela.